Act.1 USAGI - SAILOR MOON -

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Episode Data
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Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon
Original Episode
Name (Kana): Act.1 うさぎ - SAILOR MOON - 
Name (Romaji): Act.1 USAGI - SAILOR MOON -
Name (Translated): Act.1 USAGI - SAILOR MOON -
Episode Number: 1
Manga Chapter: {{{Chapter}}}
Director: Munehisa Sakai
Writer: Yuji Kobayashi
Animation Director: Kozue Komatsu
Air Date: July 5, 2014
Previous Episode: None
Next Episode: Act.2 AMI - SAILOR MERCURY -

The episode begins with Usagi in bed sound asleep and dreaming about a princess and a prince. However, her dream gets interrupted by the sound of her alarm clock and she realizes that she's running late for school. She quickly gets ready for school, and gets her lunch from her mother, who was calling her daughter downstairs while reading a newspaper that featured an article about Sailor V.

On her way to school, she accidentally steps on a cat. She apologizes to the cat, but the cat scratches her face. Usagi realizes that the cat wanted her to take off the Band-Aids on its forehead, and removes them to reveal a crescent moon on its forehead. Usagi stares at the cat for a few seconds and realizes that she is still going to be late for school and runs off after hearing the bell. Meanwhile, a mysterious blonde man in an unidentified location creates a humanoid creature from the ground.

Usagi hurries to school, but is pulled out of class and put out in the hall as punishment for being late. She cries for a bit and then pulls out her lunchbox and starts to eat, having missed breakfast. Haruna Sakurada, Usagi's homeroom teacher, comes out into the hall and reprimands her for eating in the hall, as well as for her low English test score (30%). Usagi is greeted by her best friend, Naru, and Umino, a classmate whom Usagi is not particuarily fond of. Umino gloats about his test score of 95% (while thinking it's a game) while Naru teases Usagi for acting like a boy. Naru mentions that she couldn't believe Umino made a higher grade than she and Usagi notes that Naru is pretty, smart, and from a polite society and thinks that Naru's test score of 85% is very good.

Later that day, the students head out to eat lunch, and a classmate, Yumiko, remarks that there was another break-in at a jewelry store. Umino points out that the burglars were caught, due to Sailor V's influence. Usagi asks who Sailor V is, and Umino explains that she is a well-known sailor-suitedchampion of justice, and is rumored to be a special detective from the police headquarters. Usagi's friends then say they understand why someone would want to steal jewels and Usagi remarks that she likes rubies and pearls. Naru mentions that her mother's jewelry store has been having a big discount sale and invites the girls to come with her after school, an offer that the girls agree to enthusiastically.

After school, Usagi, Naru, Yumiko, and another classmate, Kuri, head over to OSA-P, where Naru's mother is enthusiastically promoting her store. Naru wonders why her mother is acting strange, as she has never promoted a sale before. While Usagi's friends marvel over the jewelry, Usagi is upset because she has no more allowance, and is unlikely to get any jewelry anyway, due to her bad grades. She leaves the store, crumples the test into a ball, and throws it over her shoulder where it lands on the head of a strange man in a tuxedo, who calls her a "bun-head" and makes fun of her test score. The man throws the test back at Usagi, telling her to study harder, and Usagi yells at him to mind his own business. After Usagi leaves, the man smiles to himself and says that at this jewelry store, he might find the Silver Crystal.

Not wanting to go home, Usagi makes her way to the Game Center Crown, a local arcade. Usagi spots a Sailor V Game poster, and ponders what it would be like to be Sailor V. Usagi enters the arcade and decided to play the Sailor V game, but is unable to defeat the enemies in the game. Usagi is greeted by Motoki Furuhata, who offers to help her with the game. The two hear a noise from behind and turns to find the cat that Usagi found that morning. She wonders how the cat was able to get inside inside the game center, and Motoki mentions that the cat has been wandering around for a few days. Usagi laughs and points out that the cat has a crescent-shaped "bald-spot" on its forehead. The cat stares and growls at her, and Usagi nervously decides to go home.

Usagi returns home and says hello to her mother, who tells her that she is late and asks for her test. Reluctantly, she shows the test to her mother, who becomes infuriated by her bad grade and tells her not to even bother coming home if she brings home bad grades. Usagi is kicked out of the house not long before her brother, Shingo Tsukino, approaches the house on his way home from school. He asks if she got sent out again, kicks her, and calls her stupid. Usagi angrily kicks back, attempting to re-enact Sailor V's "Sailor V Kick", but Shingo closes the door, causing her hit her foot against the door. As she cries in pain, Shingo and his mother try to ignore her.

Elsewhere, girls and women who have bought jewelry from the Osa-P sale are becoming increasingly lethargic. Naru's mother feels the energy she has collected and muses that her energy-stealing jewels work well, but the one thing she is looking for is not in the jewelry store. Naru hears her mother talking to herself and enters the room calling her. Naru's mother turns toward her with a threatening look on her face, which frightens Naru.

After being let into the house, Usagi returns to her room, complaining about her mother's reaction to her test score. Not wanting to do her homework right away, she takes a nap and has a dream about the prince and princess from before. Usagi is scratched and is woken up, yelling in pain. She sees the bald-spot cat, and the cat says that it is rude that she called her crescent moon a "bald-spot." The cat then introduces itself as Luna, and claims that she has been searching for Usagi, thanking her for taking the bandages off her forehead, but Usagi assumed that it is a dream and decides to go to back to sleep. Frustrated, Luna wakes her up and gives her a brooch, telling Usagi that she has been chosen to be a guardian. A startled Usagi points out that the brooch is shining, and Luna instructs her to shout, "Moon Prism Power, Make Up," and Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon. After becoming Sailor Moon, Usagi hears Naru's screams through her glowing odango covers, and she and Luna rush over to Osa-P to save her.

Back at OSA-P, Naru is being attacked by her mother, when Sailor Moon bursts in and tells Morga to get away from Naru. Morga asks who she is, Luna is shown meowing at the moon which then glows. Usagi then introduces herself as the Guardian of Love and Justice, Sailor Moon. Morga says she has never heard of her and awakens the people, whose energy has been drained from the fake jewels, commanding them to kill Sailor Moon. After dodging a drained customer, Usagi scrapes her knee and cries out in pain. Luna tells Usagi to fight, but Usagi asks herself why bad things have to happen to her and how does she fight. She loudly expresses her desire to go home and starts to cry, activating her odango covers and sending out a large vibration. The vibration breaks a window, and an unseen man yells at Sailor Moon to stop crying. After Sailor Moon stops, Luna tells her to use her tiara. She uses Moon Tiara Boomerang, thus destroying Morga. Sailor Moon hears the mysterious man saying he hasn't found the Silver Crystal but has found something interesting. As he jumps away, he introduces himself as Tuxedo Mask.

Elsewhere, the mysterious blonde man from earlier in the episode is watching everything that happened on a crystal ball, and says that Sailor Moon is "not bad," also adding that he must get his hands on the Silver Crystal.

The next day, Naru tells other girls in her class about how she was saved by a girl in a sailor outfit, where one girl remarks it was probably just a dream. A few feet away behind a building, Usagi (with Luna) grumbles and thinks to herself that it wasn't a dream at all. The episode then ends with a blue-haired girl feeling a rain drop and running away.

Episode Trivia

  • This episode was based off of the manga chapter "Act 1 - Usagi, Sailor Moon".
  • The ending image of the episode says "À suivre", which means "to be continued" in French.
  • This is the first Sailor Moon Crystal episode of 2014, and the first new anime episode of Sailor Moon in 17 years.
  • The time period is evident in the new anime, as a woman can be seen with a smartphone in her hand as Usagi walks away from her encounter with Mamoru. The game machines at the game center also look much more modernized.
  • The episode gained one million views on niconico in just two days.

Cast


Previous episode:
None
Next episode:
2


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